September 8, 2020
EDMONTON – An additional Alberta Health Services (AHS) COVID-19 assessment centre will open tomorrow morning in Edmonton, located in Hall A of the Edmonton EXPO Centre at 7515 - 118 Avenue NW. This new location – called the Central Assessment Centre – is the largest in Edmonton, open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and able to complete approximately 5,000 swabs per day.
This site will take Albertans for appointment-based tests only at this time and will not accept walk-ins. Offered free of charge, testing appointments are easily booked online by visiting www.ahs.ca/covid. If internet is not available to you, you can instead call HealthLink at 811 and staff will book a test appointment for you.
All Albertans are eligible for COVID-19 testing, whether experiencing symptoms or not. Testing will tell you whether you had COVID-19 at the time your swab is taken, even if you were not showing symptoms at that time. Testing will not tell you whether you have previously had COVID-19. It will also not tell you whether you have any immunity to COVID-19.
COVID-19 test results are provided to all Albertans by auto-dialer, direct phone call and also available through the MyHealth Records tool. Albertans who sign-up for MyHealth Records are able to see their COVID test results – as well as other lab work and immunization records - as soon as they are ready.
Regardless of your test results, it is important to continue to follow the public health measures and recommendations in place, to reduce spread of COVID-19. These measures include physical distancing, wearing a non-medical mask, proper hand-washing, and staying home if feeling unwell.
Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 is legally required to self-isolate. The isolation period is for 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer. If you do not have symptoms but do test positive, you must still self-isolate for 10 days from day of test. If you develop symptoms within that 10 days, you must self-isolate until symptoms disappear or for 10 days from symptom onset, whichever is longer. For details on legally required self-isolation, visit: https://www.alberta.ca/isolation.aspx
To access the full scope of locations at which you can book your testing appointment, and to learn more, visit www.ahs.ca/covid, complete the online assessment, and book your appointment today.
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